St. Joseph's School | Smithers BC


Why St. Joseph's?

Educational Program

St. Joseph’s School is dedicated to providing a quality educational program for its students. We aim to create an environment where every student experiences success in doing his/her best and where Christian values are lived.

Our school is mandated by the government to meet the learning outcomes of all areas of the B.C. curriculum. In addition to these core curricular areas, St. Joseph’s offers instruction in Catholic Religious Education, French, Music, and Computers for all students.

A part-time learning assistance teacher is available to provide extra support to students experiencing difficulties in core subjects.

Admission Policy for New Students

Priority for enrollment will be given to children from Roman Catholic families. Next priority will be given to students with siblings already attending the school.

Other children will be considered for enrollment in the school providing there is room. All children will be expected to participate in the entire educational program of the school, including religious instruction programs and celebrations. ·

The class size is set at 25 for all grades, with the principal having the discretion to add up to one more additional student in Kindergarten to grade 2 and up to two additional students in grades three to seven.  Two openings will be reserved until the end of June for Roman Catholic transfers from other schools or diocese.

Application Procedure

The parent(s)/guardians(s) of each applicant will meet with the principal to discuss the school’s philosophy, programs and policies. The child’s previous school and/or other appropriate professionals will also be contacted.

Acceptance Criteria

  • the child’s ability to take advantage of the educational opportunities offered by the school.
  • the school’s ability to meet the child’s particular needs.
  • the enrollment priorities outlined above.

Funding and Fees

As an independent school, St. Joseph’s receives 50% of the funding that a public school receives per student.  We receive no monies for capital expenditures.  A tuition fee is charged to help bridge the gap in funding:

Monthly fees are:

  • One Child: $255.00/month
  • Two children: $330.00/month
  • Three or more children: $335.00/month